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Phuket horoscopes – November 26 to December 2, 2011

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PHUKET: SAGITTARIUS (November 23-December 21): The world of work holds some unseen challenges for those born under the sign of Sagittarius this week. Tuesday and Wednesday are days when you could be faced with having to make immediate decisions, but the stars suggest that an earth sign colleague will provide useful insight. Those celebrating a birthday this week can look forward to financial gains this year. The number four brings good fortune this weekend.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January20): Capricorns’ interest in moving on from an unsatisfactory work situation is highlighted this week. Another earth sign may have the right connections to help – Wednesday and Thursday are auspicious days to talk to those in high places. Where romance is concerned, you are advised to play it by ear. Jumping to conclusions is forecast to lead to wrong moves being made. Your lucky number this week is eight.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 19): Aquarians are advised to slow down and concentrate on one thing at a time this week. The stars suggest that your tendency to rush around will only result in too many unfinished projects. This is also highlighted to cause disagreements in a romantic relationship. Your chances of meeting old friends who you never expected to see again are strong at the end of month. Number six can be lucky.

PISCES (February 20-March 20): Pisceans may have to accept that less than perfect is good enough for the time being. In the world of work there are signs that you will have to wait until December for satisfactory conclusions. Where family and friends are concerned, plans clash this weekend and it may be best to give in to a fire sign in order to keep the peace. Your lucky number is two on weekend.

ARIES (March 21-April 20): Arians are likely to prefer their own company for much of this week. Spending time alone should enable you to reflect on what needs changing in your life. The stars advise that taking distance from a romance that is going sour is the best option. As December commences, your mind should be clearer and there are signs that at least one goal will be dropped. The number four brings good fortune this weekend.

TAURUS (April 21-May 21): Those born under the sign of Taurus who feel they have been stuck in a rut at work have an opportunity to climb out this week. Your creative juices should be flowing strongly as December commences – an influential air sign is forecast to be impressed. Where affairs of the heart are concerned, your dream of a relationship with another earth sign could come true. Number seven can bring good fortune.

GEMINI (May 22-June 21):
A water sign friend could be upset by your words or actions early next week. Geminis who are feeling frustrated by lack of progress should avoid taking this out on others. Those who recently experienced a romantic disappointment could have their spirits lifted by an earth sign’s flirtation. Finances are well starred, with emphasis on replacing a necessary item costing less than you thought. Number five can be lucky this weekend.

CANCER (June 22-July 23): People are forecast to look to Cancerians for inspiration and motivation this week. Your creative energy is running high as November draws to a close and others would like to learn from you. However, the stars advise not giving away too many tips as another water sign is ready to profit from your expertise. Affairs of the heart become better starred during December. Number one looks lucky this weekend.

LEO (July 24-August 22):

The stars suggest that you should be prepared to take no for an answer this week. A surprise rejection or refusal is forecast to give some Leos cause for concern, but there are hints that this situation could turn around yet again in the near future. In the meantime, a more relaxed mood encourages you to believe that anything is possible. Number three has good luck written on it this weekend.

VIRGO (August 23-September 23):
The world of work is forecast to be unsettled during the last days of November. Another earth sign seems intent on playing a game of hide and seek. In the realm of romance, there are signs that an air sign is ready to take advantage of your good nature. Virgoans should make it clear how far their generosity will go. The number nine can bring good luck this week.

LIBRA (September 24-October 23): The stars indicate that many Librans will finally be ready to listen to advice this week. Those who have been trying fruitlessly to solve a problem should see that asking for help brings positive results. Another air sign is worth listening to this weekend. In the realm of romance, you could be taken aback when a fire sign reveals what it will take to win their heart. Your lucky number this week is five.

SCORPIO (October 24-November 22):
Those born under the sign of Scorpio who have chalked up success this month are ready to celebrate. Your social outlook sparkles, with emphasis on reconciliation with another water sign who you fell out with recently. Where romance is concerned, the astral atmosphere is a little cloudy – the stars advise that you should look before you leap into romance with a fire sign. The number six can bring good fortune this weekend.

Isla Star is the Phuket Gazette’s astrologer.

— Isla Star

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Darth Vader actor David Prowse dies – May the force be with him

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“…his swish with the black cape and his screen presence in the foreboding, shiny black high-tech exoskeleton won him a legion of fans.”

Darth Vader has died… May the force be with him. The man who played the bad guy in the first Star Wars trilogy, British actor David Prowse, died at the age of 85 after a short illness.

American actor Mark Hamill, who played Darth Vader’s son, Luke Skywalker, alongside with David and the initial cast of the epic saga, sent his condolences in a tweet.

“So sad to hear David Prowse has passed. He was a kind man & much more than Darth Vader.”

“Actor-Husband-Father-Member of the Order of the British Empire-3 time British Weightlifting Champion & Safety Icon the Green Cross Code Man. He loved his fans as much as they loved him. #RIP”

Star Wars co-star, and fellow Brit, Anthony Daniels, who played the gold-plated and effusive C3PO in all but one of the 12 Star Wars instalments, paid tribute to Prowse’s contribution to the saga.

“Dave’s iconic figure dominated the finished film in ’77 and has done so ever since.”

David wore the ominous black suit and helmet to play the Star Wars villain Darth Vader although it was the American actor James Earl Jones who provided the character’s voice in post-production. George Lucas felt that David’s West Country English accent was “unsuitable for the part”. The decision to replace David’s voice caused a long-term rift between actor and director that eventually saw David cut out of official Star Wars publicity events. But his swish with the black cape and his screen presence in the foreboding shiny black high-tech exoskeleton won him a legion of fans.

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David’s career as an actor spanned 50 years, but it was his role as the Sith Lord in Star Wars that brought him international fame and attention.

But it was his role as the “Green Cross Code Man” from a British road safety campaign that Prowse said he was most proud of. David was awarded an MBE, Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, in 2000 for that role.

David Prowse was born into a working class family and grew up in a council estate in Southmead, in southwestern England. He gained a scholarship to attend Bristol Grammar School. He had a passion for bodybuilding and was crowned British Weightlifting Champion several times in the 1960s. He became lifelong friends with actors Arnold Schwarzenegger in his weightlifting years.

His towering figure helped land him roles as monsters and villains in TV shows and films. He played the monster in “The Horror of Frankenstein” in 1970 and a bearded torturer in “Carry on Henry” in 1971. That same year he made an appearance as a bodyguard in Stanley Kubrick’s dystopian film “A Clockwork Orange” in 1971. He went on to play Darth Vader in all three of the original “Star Wars” films, in 1977, 1980 and 1983.

With the success of Star Wars, Prowse became a regular on the fan circuit and attended conventions around the world for almost 40 years, but he was rumoured to have later fallen out with director Lucas and was banned from official events in 2010.

He published an autobiography, “Straight from the Force’s Mouth,” in 2011.

SOURCES: Reuters | CNN | BBC

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Ron Howard to direct cave rescue feature film ‘Thirteen Lives’ in Australia

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PHOTO: The entrance to the real Tham Luang cave near the Myanmar border in far north Thailand

The Australian Government is putting up A$13 million to Imagine Entertainment and film giant MGM to shoot a live-action feature film called Thirteen Lives, based on the Chiang Rai Tham Luang cave rescue story. The film will be shot in Queensland, Australia in the hinterland areas behind the Gold Coast.

The film will be directed by Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, The Da Vince Code, Cocoon, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Splash, Frost/Nixon), and start filming in March 2021. The state’s Gold Coast hinterland will double for Thailand with a similar hot, humid climate.

The Australian Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, Paul Fletcher MP, says the production should inject more than A$96 million into the Australian economy, “directly creating around 435 jobs for cast and crew”.

Thirteen Lives will tell the remarkable story of the effort by many volunteers, including Australians, to undertake an incredibly complex rescue. And I am proud to say that this story will be told here in Australia.”

“I understand this project will also undertake a significant amount of cutting-edge visual effects work here, a great opportunity for our local post, digital and visual effects companies.”

Thirteen Lives follows the true story of the 2018 Tham Laung cave rescue of the Mu Pa (Wild Boar) football team, trapped in a cave by heavy rain and flooding in Chiang Rai, far north Thailand. After the team was stuck for days with no supplies and falling oxygen levels, a group of diving and rescue experts from all over the world were called up to work together with their Thai counterparts to save the 13 young men. Among those experts were a group of divers from the United Kingdom and Australia.

The first major feature film about the rescue operation was The Cave, released in October 2019. The film was quite critical of the Thai red-tape which hampered much of the early rescue efforts.

Ron Howard has worked with plenty of Australians in the past.

“From Thirteen Lives to the animated projected I am directing with Animal Logic in Australia, I am excited about the opportunity to film and work in Australia and dramatically expand on that list of collaborators whose sensibilities and work ethic I have long admired and respected.”

Imagine Entertainment and MGM’s Thirteen Lives will be distributed by Universal Pictures International.

Watch a message from director Ron Howard HERE.

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Covid tourism standstill gives Thailand’s southern sea gypsies a break

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Phuket’s sea gypsy communities are getting a much needed break after the Covid tourism standstill have their traditions a break from the tourism onslaught. 42 year old Sanan Changham says now there is an abundance of fish and shellfish to eat. Tourist boats have been docked at the quay, making fishing easier for the Chao Lay, or “people of the sea.“

“We don’t dive as deep as before, so it’s less dangerous.“

More than 9 million visitors came to Phuket in 2019, impacting the sea gypsies and their way of life, mostly located at the southern end of the island. The booming tourism brought a decline in fish stocks, decreasing fishing grounds and loud construction of hotels. And the traffic. Such hotels signal an even bigger threat to the 1,200 Chao Lay in Rawai, as property developers have tried to evict them from their ancestral strip of land that faces the sea.

Ngim Damrongkaset, a Rawai community representative, says he hopes the area where developers have taken a stake is abandoned.

“They want to drive us out of our homes, but also to deny us access to the sea.”

For the Chao Lay people, the fight to keep their land has been unequal as most are illiterate and were unaware of the fact that they could register their land, but the government is trying to help them. One way for authorities to buy the land and entrust it to them.

Narumon Arunotai, an anthropologist at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University, says the government must seize the opportunity provided by the pandemic to rethink their vision on Chao Lay.

“Covid is an opportunity to change mentalities. Mass tourism in Phuket has been a catastrophe for the sea gypsies.“

The land in Rawai was originally claimed by Indonesian ancestors of Sanan, before the island became flooded with international travellers. But since tourism has become more profitable, authorities have cracked down on the sea gypsies unless they are sailing in protected marine reserves.

“Before, we risked being arrested by a patrol or having our boats confiscated.“

For the animist Chao Lay the beach is a vital space where they keep their colourful wooden boats and where they pray and give thanks to their ancestors. But not only their unique cultural heritage has helped them navigate the waters.

The Chao Lay people are experts at detecting any abnormalities in the water, as such they were able to escape before the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami hit, while saving loads of tourists. Furthermore, Children of the Moken have 50% better visual acuity in the water than their European counterparts, according to a 2003 study.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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